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By Klaus K. Klostermaier

The 3rd variation of this well-regarded creation to Hinduism provides new fabric at the religion's origins, on its family members with rival traditions, and on Hindu technological know-how.

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All observers—including Hindus themselves—would describe Hinduism as polytheistic. Nowhere else in the world do we find such a profusion of gods and goddesses, of semidivine beings and demons, ramifications of genealogies of gods and manifestations of divinity in human and animal forms. But that is only the surface of Hinduism, the colourful appearance of a tradition, which has enormous depths. While Hinduism could never be conceived as a parallel to biblical or Islamic monotheism, it has developed its own sophisticated notions of the unity of the highest principle, and many forms of Vaiṣṇavism, Śaivism, or Śāktism have theologies, in which One Supreme Being is given the title and role of Lord or Mistress, the creator, preserver, and destroyer of the whole universe and the savior of those who believe in him or her.

No amount of reading texts can replace the immediacy of recognition given through an encounter with a samnyāsi who has spent a lifetime in pursuit of moksa. No theory of art can do what a visit to a place like Elephanta or Ajanta does to a sensitive person. No description can adequately express the sensation of participation in a major temple feast in a place like Madurai or Tirupati. 3 billion, that leaves a considerable number of nonHindus who in some way or other interact with the Hindu majority.

2 Around 1860 a group of European Sanskritists suggested that the best explanation for the many common features of what later were called the IndoEuropean languages was the assumption of an invasion of a band of Aryan warriors, who till then had been living somewhere between Central Asia and Western Europe, into India. Did not the Ṛgveda, the oldest Sanskrit source, describe the battles, which the Āryas, under their leader Indra, the “fortdestroyer,” fought against the Dasyus, whose land they occupied?

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